Favorite Protest Songs #4 - "War"
September 26, 2016 8:18am CST
I've used two or three classic's in my Favorite Protest Songs series, but #4 is THE classic protest tune: Edwin Starr's anti-Vietnam song, "War." Edwin Starr was a powerhouse R&B singer who began recording in 1951, and made music until his death in 2003. Although he easily adapted to the disco era, and had much success in the UK after moving to London, he is best remembered for "War." His intense version of "War" was originally recorded by The Temptations. Due to image concerns, however, it was never released as a single. Edwin Starr volunteered to rerecord it, and made the song legendary. It sold over three million copies, says Wikipedia, and was certified Gold. "War" was a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached #3 in the UK. The song is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. "War" has been covered numerous times, notably by Bruce Springsteen, the Beastie Boys, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood (I am particularly fond of Frankie's brilliant version.) So, if "War" is the greatest protest song ever, why is it only ranked at #4? Simply because, over time, a few have grown on me and I listen to them more often. Really, that's it.
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• Preston, England
27 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 yes, though with such a great song, why not? Reminds me of this sketch from TV's Big Train series with Ralph McTell forced to sing Streets Of London over and over again
Ralph McTell is forced to play his hit song Streets of London for a baying crowd. Funny sketch from BBC comedy show Big Train.
27 Sep 16
Thanks for the video. Listened to that song a lot but never seen the face behind the music. So a first for me. I like the "yoall" in it. Couldn't help watching another version "u-all" while I was on the same page from a movie with the sound track once again.